In 2001, renowned design studio House Industries partnered with the estate of late architect Richard Neutra – whose notable projects include the Kaufmann House (1947) in Palm Springs, the Lovell Health House (1929) in Los Angeles and the Kronish House (1955) in Beverly Hills, among others ¬– to create a set of fonts based on the geometric letterforms Neutra specified for many of his commercial buildings. The resulting font family, Neutraface, became an integral part of the new millenium’s typographic landscape. Rendered directly from the Neutraface outlines, precision-crafted Neutra House Numbers (2008) bring a piece of the Neutra aesthetic to any residential or commercial space. Designed for visibility and weighing in at half a pound each, these robust aluminum numbers mount approximately 0.75" off the wall to cast subtle shadows. Each includes extensive installation instructions and a full-scale drilling template to eliminate any guesswork, and the mounting hardware is hidden when installed properly. Made in China.
Born in Austria, Richard Neutra immigrated to the United States in 1923, where he became an undisputed master of mid-century modern architecture. An architect that was intimately attuned to the environment, he created his unique indoor/outdoor living spaces as a corrective to the chaotic reality of modern urban life. His intention was to "place man in relationship with nature; that's where he developed and where he feels most at home."